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Making Milwaukee Mightier
Planning and the Politics of Growth, 1910–1960
John M. McCarthy
“McCarthy reveals much about how and why Milwaukee grew during the twentieth century. Milwaukee is a particularly understudied city, and this book adds measurably to our knowledge.”—Amanda I. Seligman, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Progressive Era city planners are best known for grandiose civic designs, boosterish planning reports, and promoting technical exper-tise. Traditionally, Milwaukee has not been considered a national standout in these early endeavors; however, the planners in this city are distinctive precisely because they prioritized solving the social problem of overcrowding in lieu of more conventional planning goals. Another unique characteristic of this period is the long tenure of socialist city government. McCarthy offers fresh new insights into socialism’s impact on Milwaukee, studying the planning and growth policies of all three of the city’s socialist mayors and finding striking continuity in the movement’s metropolitan visions.
(2009) 294 pp., illus.
John M. McCarthy is Assistant Professor of History at Robert Morris University, in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
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